"People say, Well wait a minute, the Bible says do things decently in order. Therefore God cannot come to church (laughter) ... Look at the Bible examples and you'll find that they do the things we make fun of people for doing. Some of them faint, like Daniel when he saw an angel of God; some of them yell -- I mean, God doesn't do things that we consider decent or in order. [What any of this has to do with "the gift of the Holy Spirit, Beam does not tell us, AA.] Remember the prophet God made go naked for three years? [I take it that we are to conclude that if someone strips naked in the assembly and says "God told me to," we are to rejoice, AA.] ...God doesn't obey the rules, so we don't invite God to church because he doesn't do things decently and in order and we have a worship plan...I recently spoke for a church on the subject of the Holy Spirit at their men's retreat and their elders started praying that the Holy Spirit would come, and I stopped them and said, Pardon me brother do you know what you're asking for? They said, What do you mean? And I said, If God comes in power here, you're going to see things you typically don't see. Are you ready for that? They said, Most certainly, and kept praying. I said, Fine. That was on Friday night...The next morning, they came back in again, praying for the Holy Spirit, I said, OK, watch what happens. I'm speaking away when a brother right over here all of a sudden begins to sob, just breaking apart...I said [to the elders]...Take care of him. Thirteen elders rush over and put their hands on this man...they all start praying for him, and while they're praying for him, this guy over here starts sobbing. Half of them jump and run over to him while he's sobbing, a guy over there starts sobbing. They're looking at me like, How did you make this happen? My response -- when we later talked about it -- was, I had nothing to do with it. You asked God to come, and in Bible times when God came people always had a reaction, a reaction that was sometimes amazing. So we have laughed at and made fun of people for doing things the Bible says people do when God comes...I am a Spirit-filled christian (applause). The Spirit is alive. He is here. He is vibrant. And to try to say that the Spirit works only in that written word is to take His power away, because he is working in the hearts and lives of people...Now you might be saying, wait a minute Joe, you have gone to far. Always possible...There's my friend Wayne Kilpatrick. I love him with all my heart, and last night he said, Joe are you going to get in trouble tomorrow? I said, Probably Wayne...I cannot in this one session teach you all the things I've been learning lately...If you want more than that we're in booth 86, over there, Family Dynamics. You come by and put your name on a sheet of paper, and when I finish the six hours of tapes I'm making on this, we'll let you know about those tapes if you want them [For cost only: If you miss the irony, it's not because I wanted you to, AA.] ...The Holy Spirit is here, and viable, and I will try to show you by the end of the session tomorrow that He will speak to you directly, He will tell you what to do...we will introduce you to some concepts that are as biblical as they can be and release you from a shackle of legalistic burden that has bound the people of God since days of old...I'm going to show you how God speaks to you through the word. I'm going to show you from the book of Acts how God speaks to you through spiritual wisdom that you [can] equate to being the word of God. They did. I'm going to show you how that God will some times speak to you through what I call awakenings [at least this is what it sounds like he says, AA] ...(applause)."
Recently a preacher among us addressed a group of preachers and exclaimed that salvation is 100% by grace! I can imagine the religious consternation of most of those brethren. But bless their hearts -- how else can it be? There is absolutely nothing more plainly taught than the fact that our salvation is by grace -- 100%!
Are we saved 100% by the grace of God? Yes, we are saved 100% by the cross of Christ. Before you panic, please hear me out. May cool heads prevail." ... "To even ask the question: 'Are we saved 100% by the grace of God?' demonstrates an inadequate understanding of man and of the Cross of Christ." ... "...So, yes, we are saved 100% by the death of Christ. Our salvation is completely paid for by Christ's death, it is completely by grace. We contribute nothing to our salvation." ... "As one brother correctly stated recently, 'It is a scandalous and outrageous lie to teach that salvation arises from human activity. We do not contribute one whit to our salvation.' He is exactly right."
"Our salvation arises entirely and only from grace. ...It is entirely of grace through faith. ...My salvation is on grace alone, not by anything I've added to that. ...No, I'm not going to debate anybody on the theory that salvation is by grace and grace alone. Because the Bible just makes that too plain."
"I think it would have been just virtually unthinkable 15 years ago that we would have people, and I'm not about to give you names, and for the record, just so you will know, and I really hesitate to do this on tape. Turn the tape off. I have preached and believed, I believe deeply that the New Testament teaches that salvation is a free gift of God period. You are saved by grace alone."
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|9:30||The Origin of Marriage and the Home -- A Divine Institution . . . . . . . . . . Windell Fikes.|
|10:30||God's Purpose of Marriage and the Home. . . . . . . . . . Garland Robinson.|
|7:00||Preparing For Marriage and the Home (What to look for in a mate). . . . . . . . . . David Paden.|
|8:00||God's Word on Divorce and Remarriage. . . . . . . . Terry Joe Kee.|
|9:00||After the Honeymoon (Dealing with Troubled Marriages). . . . . . . . . . Jim Blankenship.|
|10:00||The Home Under Attack, #1: TV, abortion, immodesty, homosexuality, drugs . . . . . . . . . . Mark Lindley.|
|11:00||Definitions: fornication, adultery, separation, divorce, put away, effeminate, natural affection, abusers of themselves with mankind, love, forgiveness. . . . . . Virgil Hale.|
|1:30||Why marriages fail, Things which cause Problems in a marriage, Why one becomes unfaithful . . . . . . . . Wayne Cox.|
|2:30||Questions: Does Paul contradict Jesus, Can the guilty party remarry, Can one forgive their spouse of fornication and still put them away, etc. What does it mean to marry "only in the Lord," What does it mean to be "bound to a wife" and "loosed from a wife?" . . . . . . . Chuck Northrop.|
|7:00||The Responsibility of Children to Parents . . . . . . . Nat Evans.|
|8:00||The Responsibility of Parents to Children . . . . . . Ed Casteel.|
|9:00||A Successful Marriage takes two, a Partnership, Ingredients of a Successful Marriage . . . . . Ferrell Hester.|
|10:00||Facing Tragedies and Adversities in the Home . . . . . . Joe Nichols.|
|11:00||Unique Situations: elderly parents and grandparents, in-laws, step-parents, step-children, foster children . . . . . . John Grubb.|
|1:30||The Home and Congregation Help Each Other . . . . . . . Lenard Hogan.|
|2:30||Questions: Can one live in adultery, Do Christ's words apply today and to all men, Does God call for the separation of those in adultery, Does baptism wash away adultery, What does it mean to abide in the same calling wherein you were called? . . . . . Ken Burleson.|
|7:00||The Home Under Attack, #2: atheism, evolution, humanism, secular education, denominationalism, etc. . . . . . . Gilbert Gough.|
|8:00||How to Keep your Children Faithful . . . . . . . James Boyd.|
|9:00||Following Christ's Example in the Home . . . . . . G. W. Childs.|
|10:00||Your Occupation Affects the Home . . . . . . Bryan Hodge.|
|11:00||How to Strengthen the Home, What the Home needs now . . . . . . Richard Guill.|
|1:30||The Home Likely Determines the Destiny of the Children . . . . . . . Robin Haley.|
|2:30||Questions: What about same sex marriages, What if one is a eunuch, May wives and daughters lead prayer at home, What affect do government programs have on the home, What about "mental adultery?" . . . . . . Toney Smith.|
|7:00||The Role of Wife and Mother in the Home . . . . . Ted Thrasher.|
|8:00||The Role of Husband and Father in the Home . . . . . . Guy Hester.|
|9:00||Authority in the Home . . . . . . Alan Adams.|
|10:00||When the Children Leave Home (the empty nest) . . . . . Charles Leonard.|
|11:00||The Joy of the Christian Home (no place like home) . . . . . . Jimmie Hill.|
|1:30||Discipline in the Home (all family members) . . . . . . . . Walter Pigg.|
|2:30||Questions: Who can get married, Is desertion a cause for divorce and remarriage, What is "due benevolence," Was Jesus narrow-minded? . . . . . . Jimmy Bates.|
|7:00||The Home as God Would Have It . . . . . . Bill Crossno.|
|8:00||Our Heavenly Home . . . . . . Charles Blair|
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